FIRST ON 3: Oak Island mom wants handicapped daughter’s van back


OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — An Oak Island woman parked her van in her driveway Monday, but when she woke up Tuesday morning, it was gone.

It’s understandable why anyone would be upset after their car is stolen, but this story has a different twist to it. This van was a specially converted van made for Olivia Jones’s daughter, who is disabled.

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Without the van, Jones cannot take her daughter to doctors appointments. Jones is at a loss for words when it comes to understanding why someone would want to steal a van equipped for a handicapped person. Her daughter Elizabeth is 23 years old, but has the brain functions of a three-year-old.

The family’s van stolen Monday night was the only way Jones could take Elizabeth around town and more importantly to the doctor. Mom says she just wants her van back.

“We had to cancel an appointment,” she said. “It’s the only way to get her to the doctors.”

Jones said she’s cancelled all of Elizabeth’s appointments, because she has no way to get her to them.

Jones filed a report with Oak Island Police yesterday. She asks if anyone sees a burgundy Toyota van (like the one pictured) with license plate HD72374 to call police. She does not want to press charges. She simply wants Elizabeth’s van back.

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